I am presently reading, OUR CHURCH, A PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, by, Roger Scruton. It's a good book so far, I'm on page 80. While he's talking specifically about the intrinsically English element in Anglicanism, he does start out with the more universal themes, including what attracts people to religion in the first place. "Religion expresses a profound and species-wide longing for purity, a longing to be 'cleansed' of the many and minute transgressions that are the price we pay for consciousness." As I was reading this, this painting literally came into my mind's eye, and I translated it, the best I could with oil and brush.